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Not Got a Sweet Tooth? Culinary Experts Share the Best Savoury Pancake Toppings for Pancake Day

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Not everyone has a sweet tooth, but that doesn’t mean they should miss out on Pancake Day (13th February). Instead, why not explore the savoury side of the occasion?

Although pancakes are typically associated with sweetness, they can work extremely well with savoury toppings. Recognising their versatility helps break down any stigma around savoury toppings on pancakes. After all, the batter used is similar to that of Yorkshire puddings.

To celebrate Pancake Day, experts from online butchers, Campbells Meat, have shared four savoury pancake ideas and how to create them at home:

1. Smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives

Who says Pancake Day can’t be posh? Elevate your pancake game with a combination of smoked salmon, cream cheese, and chives.

This topping trio gives your savoury pancakes a touch of elegance with its distinctively smoky taste, creamy richness, and fresh herbal notes. The cream cheese and chives make for a classic pairing with smoked salmon, proving that sometimes you simply can’t beat timeless combinations. Add a squeeze of lemon for a refreshing finish.

  1. Start by preparing your pancake batter. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and pour a ladleful of your pancake batter onto the pan.
  2. Cook the pancake for 1–2 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Spread a generous layer of cream cheese on each pancake.
  4. Place the salmon on top of the cream cheese-covered pancakes.
  5. Garnish with finely chopped chives and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving.

2. Bacon and maple syrup 

This is a classic American combination, but the traditional crepe-style pancake offers a lighter texture compared to the stodgier pancakes typically enjoyed in the States.

With its rich, salty flavour and crispy texture, bacon adds a satisfying crunch to your savoury pancakes. It’s a beloved choice that brings depth and savouriness to every bite. Accompany these with maple syrup for the perfect sweet and savoury combination to give your Shrove Tuesday an American twist.

  1. Start by preparing your pancake batter. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and pour a ladleful of your pancake batter onto the pan.
  2. Cook the pancake for 1–2 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
  3. While the pancakes cook, preheat a skillet over medium heat. Lay strips of smoked salmon in the skillet and cook for 1–2 minutes on each side until lightly browned and heated through.
  4. Once the pancakes are cooked, spread a generous layer of cream cheese onto each pancake.
  5. Place the cooked salmon on top of the cream cheese-covered pancakes.
  6. Garnish with finely chopped chives and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving.

3. Spicy chorizo and zesty tomato salsa

Fancy spicing things up? Chorizo adds an adventurous and fiery kick to your pancakes, while the tangy tomato salsa brings all the flavours together.

Chorizo sausage adds a burst of flavour, thanks to its bold, spicy notes and distinctive paprika-infused profile. Pair these with a zesty tomato salsa to balance the heat of the chorizo, or opt for a dollop of cooling sour cream to mellow the spice.

  1. Start by preparing your pancake batter. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and pour a ladleful of pancake batter onto the pan.
  2. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Add sliced chorizo sausage and cook for 4–5 minutes until browned and cooked through.
  3. While the chorizo cooks, pour a ladleful of pancake batter onto the pan and cook the pancake for 1–2 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
  4. Place the cooked chorizo slices on top of your pancakes.
  5. Serve with a side of zesty tomato salsa or a dollop of cooling sour cream.

4. Chicken and creamy mushroom sauce

For a hearty and comforting topping, opt for a chicken and mushroom sauce.

This is a lean and protein-packed pancake option. The mild flavour of chicken complements a variety of toppings and sauces, making them a versatile choice. Pair with a creamy mushroom sauce; its rich and velvety texture adds depth and gives your pancakes a creamy and indulgent touch.

  1. Start by preparing your pancake batter.
  2. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breast strips and cook for 5–6 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  3. In a separate saucepan, prepare a creamy mushroom sauce by sautéing sliced mushrooms in butter until tender. Add cream, garlic, and herbs of your choice. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
  4. Pour a ladleful of pancake batter onto the pan and cook the pancakes for 1–2 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Place the cooked chicken breast strips on top of your pancakes, and pour the creamy mushroom sauce over the chicken and pancakes.
  6. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley before serving.

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